Digital photography is amazing! Even though I’m not a great photographer, digital technology lets me play around with taking pictures without spending a fortune on developing photos. It’s also a wonderful tool for helping teach kids how to see God.
Children tend to be rather literal for quite a few years of their development. It can be difficult for them to understand concepts like God, who they can’t physically see. It’s an important part of their faith development though, to teach them how to see God without actually seeing Him.
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If you want your children to be faithful, active, productive Christians as adults, they need to be able to see God easily. Don’t worry. I am not talking about eerie visions or random voices. Your children need to be able to see that God is alive and active today. Not only in the world, but in the lives of your children as individuals.
One of the best ways for anyone, but especially young children, to begin to see God is in His creation. Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19 are but a couple of the passages where God tells us to look at His creation to understand Him and see Him. There are a lot of ways to see God in creation, but one of them you can do in your own backyard.
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Did you know God signed his creation? As we talked about in my last post, the Bible tells us God put so much of himself into his creation, that viewing it leaves man no excuse for ignoring God. Did you take your children out into nature? Did you find God there? What qualities of God were you and your children able to find in God’s handiwork?
As I reflected on what I learned about God from looking at the amazing beauty of His creation, I thought of at least five things nature teaches me about God:
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Did you know the average child is using technology by the age of two? Our children are constantly bombarded by technology. And with the vast majority of people now living in suburban or urban environments, our children are constantly surrounded by things made by man. It’s no wonder someone recently said to me, they didn’t know where to look for God!
Psalm 19 is a beautiful Psalm. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1 NIV) As important as it is for our children to learn the Bible, it may be even more important for them to learn to see God working in the world around them. Even many Christians are telling our young people God is a distant, dis-interested God. He set the world in motion and I guess they assume is sitting in an easy chair watching us as some giant reality show.
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If you have been following the twelve month plan for Teaching Children to Live More Like Jesus, you have been busy working with your children on quite a few practical Christian habits and attributes. This month is probably the toughest, perhaps because I am still working through the subject myself in some ways.
One of the qualities Jesus displayed time and time again was that he went where God led him. Sometimes it was to dinner at someone’s house, sometimes it was to heal people. In the end, God’s Will led Jesus to die a painful death on the Cross. Jesus was obviously not thrilled about the idea of a painful death and separation from God even for a time, but ultimately Jesus went where God had led him.
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